Restaurant Review: The Golden Bowl

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Restaurant Review: The Golden Bowl

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The "drunken noodles" may be best described as "scrumdumdiddilyumptious."

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The "drunken noodles" may be best described as "scrumdumdiddilyumptious."

Photo by Shawn White

Photo by Shawn White

The "drunken noodles" may be best described as "scrumdumdiddilyumptious."

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The Golden Bowl Asian Café is a pleasant, diminutive café in Columbus that is located near popular establishments Tutti Frutti and CJ’s Pizza on 507 N 18th Ave.

The café offers a very different feel and taste from most of the restaurants in Columbus, as it’s the most complete Thai café in the city. Its food originates in Southeast Asia’s Indochina peninsula, or Thailand, known for its tropical beaches, opulent royal palaces, ancient ruins, and ornate temples.

The cuisine that the café offers is exceptional. Out of the other cultural diverse restaurants in Columbus, The Golden Bowl is the go to café for the complete Thai experience and incomparable food. The experience was one that lived up to my expectations of a great Thai restaurant, as Thai is a definite option for my family whenever we get into a new city.

The “Chai Tea” and “Drunken Noodle,” two of my favorite items on the menu, are items that will not fail to please your taste buds. Another favorite by many, including myself, is the “Pineapple Fried Rice” which not only looks like the authentic Thai meal, but tasted much of the same.

The entrée I ordered was the “Drunken Noodle,” which is a combination of broad rice noodles, soy sauce, garlic, bell peppers, chicken, and more seasonings that tie the dish together to make for an interesting experience. Though the looks can be deceiving, the meal will surprise your taste buds exceptionally.

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The “Chai Tea” that was served.

The beverage I had was somewhat of a Thai sweet tea. Though it’s hard to match up against the South’s famous sweet tea, Thai’s “Chai Tea” definitely matches up very well. The “Chai Tea” is made with a fairly spiced black tea that is strong at first, but before serving they add condensed milk to sweeten it up.

Though the music that the café offers isn’t very authentic, as you would think there would be more of Thai themed music, the café is much of the opposite. The café has seemed to lean towards an American cultured playlist, as you’ll hear much of the popular music of the past few years.However, the quiet, subtle ambiance of the café relaxes you while you eat and makes up that small lack of authenticity.

The restaurant gives you a unique experience that I believe everyone should partake, and if you’ve never tried Thai food, you should defiantly broaden your horizons when it comes to food. It’s always good to break the boundaries sometimes, you never know, you could find your new favored restaurant.